The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Kingston, ON edition

Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or psychological, everybody goes through tough times in their lives. Lifestyle Citizens’ founder Josh Martin was 28 years old when he experienced his biggest challenge yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in the Kingston area geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

Scroll below to download your FREE copy and to find local resources.

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    Community Resources in the Kingston area

    One of the most important lessons Josh learned from his health crisis was the importance of community. Whether it was accessing peer support programs, using the Cancer Society’s shuttle service to get to appointments or tapping into educational materials from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, community resources played a big role in his success.

    Whatever obstacle you face in life — personally, professionally or otherwise — be sure to consider the resources available in your community. Fortunately, the Kingston area boasts all kinds of organizations and programs focused on helping folks overcome a variety of obstacles.

    Below, you’ll find information about some of them. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but it will hopefully give you a flavour of the kinds of resources available in your own backyard.

    Mental health

    Canadian Mental Health Association – Kingston

    Addiction and Mental Health Services – Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (AMHS-KFLA)
    24-hour crisis line: 613-544-4229

    Directory of mental health community resources
    (Kingston General Hospital)

    Kingston Family Health Team – Mental Health

    Adult Mental Health Program
    (Hotel Dieu Hospital)

    Maltby Centre
    (mental health services for children and youth)

    Resolve Counselling Services Canada

    Local therapists

    Depression counselling

    Anxiety counselling

    Grief counselling

    Bereaved Families of Ontario – Kingston

    Grief and bereavement support
    (Hospice Kingston)

    Physical health

    Find a local physiotherapist

    Alzheimer Society – Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington

    Canadian Cancer Society
    FLA & The Waterways Community Office

    Heart & Stroke Foundation – Kingston office
    720 Progress Ave, Kingston

    Services for seniors
    (City of Kingston)

    Seniors Association of Kingston Region

    VON Canada
    (home care, personal support and health services)

    Families and individuals

    Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington

    The Salvation Army – Community & Family Services
    Resolve Counselling Services

    Family Resource Centre

    Local childcare options

    Local divorce therapists

    Community Services
    (City of Kingston)

    Local community centers and facilities

    Community programs
    (KFL&A Public Health)

    YMCA of Kingston

    Home Base Housing
    (supportive housing and housing-related services in Kingston)

    Crisis support and shelters

    Dawn House Women’s Shelter

    Kingston Youth Shelter

    Kingston Interval House
    (support for women and children in crisis)
    1 (800) 267-9445

    Homeless services
    (City of Kingston)

    Employment and financial

    Kingston Literacy & Skills (KL&S)

    Credit Counselling Society – Kingston

    KEYS Job Centre
    (employment services and counselling)

    (employment services in Kingston)

    CareerJoy Coaching

    Kingston career guidance counsellors

    New Canadians

    Immigrant services
    Kingston Community Health Centre

    Immigrant services at KEYS Job Centre

    Helpful information for newcomers to Kingston

    Kingston Immigration Partnership (KIP)

    Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are some local opportunities to consider:

    Volunteer Centre
    (local volunteer opportunities)

    Volunteer opportunities with the City of Kingston

    Blood donor clinics
    (search “Kingston” for nearby clinics)

    Habitat for Humanity – Kingston Limestone Region

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington

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